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REVERSE: The Beattitudes

In Matthew’s gospel, the Sermon on the Mount represents the new constitution for the people of God. If the new covenant describes the relationship between the believer and God through Jesus Christ, the Sermon on the Mount describes what the people living within that covenant relationship will look like. And it’s a very high ideal! The Sermon begins with the Beatitudes, eight pithy statements beginning with the word “blessed” that describe the state of being for those living in the kingdom of heaven. These are the qualities of life for the community which is formed around Jesus. But on the surface they are far from alluring! Poverty, mourning, meekness, hunger, purity, persecution – these are not qualities that we are naturally attracted to in this world. And therein lay the secret of the kingdom that the Beatitudes convey. They are not descriptions of how we are supposed to try and live our lives by sheer determination and will, but rather descriptions of the outcomes of those already living their lives in the kingdom of heaven here on earth. So are the beatitudes utopian values that we have no earthly hope of attaining in this life, or something else? That’s what we will endeavour to find out in this series!


November 5th             “Humble and Meek”, Matthew 5: 3-5 - Kevin Armstrong

November 12th           “Hungry and Forgiving”. Matthew 5: 6-8 - Bryan Karney

November 19th           “The Peacemakers and the Persecuted”. Matthew 5: 9-12 - Paul Lewis


November 5, 2017

Humble and Meek

November 19, 2017

Peacemakers and the Persecuted

November 12, 2017

Hungry and Forgiving


Ministry Theme 2017-18


Restore: Here as in Heaven

This year at Forest Brook we’re going to take a prolonged look at this Kingdom Jesus talked about. Using the gospel of Matthew as our primary guide we want to let Jesus speak for Himself about the Kingdom He brought, and we will endeavour to listen. 


We desire three outcomes as a result of our study:

The first is that we hope for everyone at Forest Brook to come to understand just what the Kingdom of God is. It’s so much more than a doctrine of the church or some future reality that we are still waiting for. In fact, we believe that if you and I really understood what this Kingdom was, it would be like finding a treasure in a field and then running out to sell everything you have to raise enough money to buy that field (Matthew 13:44). It’s worth that much!

The second outcome we desire is to see everyone at Forest Brook come to the place where they identify themselves with this Kingdom. To see themselves as part of it. But don’t think that will be easy. For that to happen you have to be reborn (John 3:3). And living in this Kingdom is very different from living in this world. The ethics are different. The values are different and extremely challenging. Living in a restored state means being willing to change a lot of things about ourselves in order to come in line with the citizenship of heaven. And living in this Kingdom will be the most important thing in our life – eclipsing everything else. It will become the thing we want most of all out of life (Matthew 6:33). 

Thirdly, we believe that, if we see success in #1 and #2, it will change the way every Forest Brooker relates to the world around us. You can’t be part of this Kingdom of God and look at the world the same way ever again. You realize that there really is a difference between light and darkness. You’ll understand the incredible emancipation from slavery that this Kingdom offers. And you’ll yearn to see every person, every institution, and even the earth itself, healed and restored by this Kingdom, just as you have been. You’ll realize that every place you’re blessed to put your foot is a place where you are meant to proclaim this Kingdom to anybody who will listen (Ephesians 6:15). Every act of service you undertake, every effort to make the world a better place or to touch the life of another, will be married to this message – the Kingdom is here (Matthew 10:7-8). 

Lofty goals, perhaps. But these are the goals of the Kingdom of heaven. It is the reality of God’s restoring grace and power, working in and through you and me to change the world. It’s a worthy cause, won’t you agree? Let’s begin …

 

Orance October


Relate: Orange October 2017

Relate: Orange October 2017

There is nothing in creation that is not restorable by the power of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 104:30 says that when God sends His Spirit He renews the face of the earth. Everything that is touched by the Spirit is changed by the Spirit. When Jesus announced that the Kingdom of heaven had come near, he was telling people that things could change. He was telling them that the power of God was now at work, and available, in a new way to human beings. There is nothing about us that cannot be changed by the work of the Holy Spirit.


And that includes all of our relationships. Marriages, families, friendships – all of these can be restored in the Kingdom of God. But how? How does that work? What are the secrets of the Kingdom that help us restore our relationships? That’s what we’ll be looking at in our Orange October preaching series this month.

 

October 15, 2017

Redefining Family Relationships

October 29, 2017

Restoring Women and Marriage

October 22, 2017

Children and the Kingdom